A DUST TRAIL traces the path of a tractor working a field near Idalou, Texas.
A DUST DEVIL twirls across Highway 114 just east of Lubbock, Texas, on a recent, hot, windy day. Farmers in the area report seeing many large whirlwinds during the current prolonged drought.
DON LANGSTON recalls 1998 as a particularly bad drought year for West Texas cotton farmers.
DRY SOIL in the Texas Southern Plains awaits rainfall that has been missing since last July in some areas.
LUBBOCK COUNTY, Texas, cotton farmer Don Langston, right, chats with Plains Cotton Growers, Shawn Wade at PCG headquarters. Langston has grown cotton in the Lubbock area since 1959 and says the current drought, though maybe not the worst he's ever seen, has some unique features.
PLENTY OF WIND has been available to keep windmills turning in West Texas this spring. But water has been in short supply.
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